Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs
With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world. Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations. Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond. Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.
In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities. Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard. Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.
For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map
Alumni Making a Global Impact
Q & A
What book would you recommend to others?
- I love mysteries. Right now, I am reading a collection of short mystery stories titled “Mark Twain’s Medieval Romance and Other Classic Mystery Stories.” When I finish this, I plan to read “Some Nerves”, the new book by my C ’92 classmate Patty Chang Anker.
What is your fondest memory of Penn?
- My freshmen year I lived on the ground floor of Hill House. I briefly dated a classmate who also lived there. When I asked him to go with me to the Hill House formal, he answered me yes by climbing over the fence around Hill House and answered me with “Of course I will” pieced together in gummy bears glued to my entire dorm room window. After that I think he went through some hard times. We were never close but the night before graduation, he told me he was going through some tough times as well. It’s been many years, but I always hoped that life turned out good and happy for him.
What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
- If you’re going to Shanghai: (i) do not drink the tap water anywhere including restaurants and bars, (2) do not eat the street food, and (3) bring your own chopsticks and do not use the disposable chopsticks.
Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
- I loved how Penn has a large and diverse student body with people from all over the world. I met so many friends there and I love them all. But when we are young, it’s easy to be too self-centered and take people for granted. I would tell my younger self to take more time and do more to let people around me know how much I appreciated them, and to give everyone more attention and get to know them even better.
Who inspires you?
- Recently, world-renown violinist Vanessa Mae entered the Sochi Winter Olympics and competed at the Giant Slalom event. I thought it was absolutely inspiring that she seized the moment to do something entirely different from music. She was not in medal contention; she did this for her own experience and to push her own limits. Still, it was an amazing feat to qualify to compete at an Olympic event.
What is your favorite Penn tradition?
- The Midnight Econ Scream.